The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business inducted three business leaders into its Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Oct. 9 at Gilcrease Museum. Paula A. Kuykendall and Marcia M. MacLeod were named outstanding business leaders and James O. Goodwin was named outstanding entrepreneur for 2018. F. William “Bill” Weber was honored in memoriam with the inaugural Dean’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Business Hall of Fame annually honors the widespread contributions of outstanding Tulsa business leaders who shape and strengthen the university, community and economy.
The Collins College of Business Hall of Fame has inducted 53 individuals since its establishment in 2000.
Paula A. Kuykendall
Paula Kuykendall retired as the chief accounting officer and senior vice president of Hilton Worldwide (a Fortune 100 company) in December 2015, a role she had held since August 2009.
Her responsibilities included all accounting and financial reporting globally in McLean, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Orlando, Fla. And London, UK, representing 400 employees globally with an annual budget of $32 million. She served as the executive sponsor over a $300 million global financial systems upgrade which successfully integrated multiple systems and materially de-risked the financial control and reporting environment and improved the business intelligence and information provided to manage the company. Kuykendall worked as part of the transaction team in the $26 billion IPO of Hilton in December 2013, which was the largest IPO that year.
Kuykendall’s career spanned nearly 30 years managing the accounting organizations of multiple companies. Prior to joining Hilton, she was chief accounting officer and senior vice president at Vanguard Car Rental, parent company of National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-A-Car where she worked on the relocation of the company’s corporate headquarters in 2004 from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to Tulsa. She also held vice president and controller positions with Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Clark Retail Enterprises and True Value Hardware. Kuykendall started her accounting career at Arthur Andersen in 1986 and spent almost 10 years in public accounting, leaving as a senior manager in 1995.
Kuykendall earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting from The University of Tulsa in 1986. She has served as chairperson for the Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board for the last three years and was honored as an Outstanding Alumna by the college in 2015. She serves on the TU Alumni Board and is involved with many other activities at the university including the mentor program for MBA students and the Tulsa Football Parents and Family group.
Paula and her husband, Pat, are members of the Dean’s Circle in the Collins College of Business and support the Golden Hurricane Club. Kuykendall also serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and the Child Abuse Network. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oklahoma and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.
She resides in Tulsa with her husband of 34 years, Patrick (also a TU graduate), and their two dogs.
Marcia M. MacLeod
Marcia MacLeod is a business leader with more than 35 years distinguished service in executive and senior leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies. She currently serves as CEO of M3 Consulting and owner and member of Mott Production LLC, a privately held company holding various oil and gas interests. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Vice President and CHRO, Human Resources and Administration for WPX Energy. MacLeod served as a member of the executive leadership team leading the formation of a new NYSE company after the spinoff of WPX Energy from Williams Companies.
Prior to WPX Energy, MacLeod spent more than a decade as a vice president at Williams leading initiatives in compensation, benefits, enterprise business services, global outsourcing and information services.
Previous to Williams, Macleod was the managing director of global compensation and benefits for electronic data systems (EDS), a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. She also practiced tax and employee benefits law with the Dallas law firm of Hughes and Luce and held senior management roles at J.C. Penney and HEB Grocery Company, one of Forbes’ top 15 privately held companies.
MacLeod, a fifth generation Oklahoman, received degrees from The University of Tulsa in law and communications. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.
MacLeod was named a TU Distinguished Alumna and the Journal Record Oklahoma Woman of the Year in 2015. She currently serves as a trustee and executive committee member of the TU Board of Trustees and as a member of the Gilcrease Museum National Advisory Board. MacLeod is a past president of the TU Friends of Finance and a member emeritus of the Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board.
She invests in the Tulsa community through service as a director and executive committee member of the Tulsa Area United Way, trustee of the Tulsa Community Foundation, trustee of the St. Simeon’s Foundation, member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Board of Directors, member of the Philbrook Museum Board of Directors, and vice chair and trustee of the City of Tulsa Public Facilities Authority.
Married to her best friend, Ron MacLeod, together they are members of the Dean’s Circle in the Collins College of Business, the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Law and the Gilcrease Council.
James O. Goodwin
James O. Goodwin currently serves as attorney at law at Goodwin & Goodwin and publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper. He took the reins of Tulsa’s oldest black newspaper years after the death of his father, E. L. Goodwin, Sr. Goodwin received his formal education at Notre Dame University and The University of Tulsa.
Goodwin is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, American Inns of Court Johnson- Sontag Chapter and Oklahoma Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He also serves on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Criminal Jury Instructions Committee. He has previously served on the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees, Bank of America Board of Directors, The University of Tulsa College of Law Board of Visitors for Public Policy and Regulation and as a member of TU’s Board of Trustees. Goodwin is a founding member of the Community Health Foundation and a former member of the State Department of Health Advisory Council.
He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court, State of Oklahoma, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Among his many law-related initiatives, he was co-plaintiff against the State of Oklahoma, resulting in legislative re-appointment immediately after the Supreme Court’s declaration of the one-man vote rule. Goodwin initiated and was co-counsel in litigation resulting in Tulsa’s city council form of government. He successfully challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court and Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals the constitutionality of a state statute and city ordinance regarding freedom of speech and was co-counsel with Willie Gray and Johnny Cochran, among other notables, in the matter of reparation for victims of the 1921 Race Riot.
In 2003, he received the Lifetime Excellence Award from the Tulsa Health Department and the East Regional Health Center in Tulsa was renamed The James O. Goodwin Health Center. He is a member of The University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame and a recipient of the TU College of Law Susan J. Ferrell Memorial Distinguished Career in Public Policy Award. Goodwin was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015.
Jim and his late wife, Vivian, celebrated over 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2012. They share five children—Jerry Goodwin, David Goodwin, Joseph Goodwin, the late Anna Benn, Jeanne Goodwin—and many grandchildren.
F. William “Bill” Weber
William “Bill” Weber (MBA ’63) founded Webco Industries, a publicly traded, diversified manufacturer of specialty tubing and pipe products, in 1969. Today, Webco has more than 1,200 employees and maintains six manufacturing facilities and two distribution facilities across a footprint spanning Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas.
As a child reared during the Great Depression, Weber often recounted the desperation of men at their door looking for work his grandmother couldn’t give them. When offered a sandwich, they politely refused unless they could earn it. The lessons from these men never left Weber. Their commitment to integrity and honor even in the face of great struggle came to define his life and moral compass. He graduated from Dormont High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S.
Army. At warʼs end, he attended the University of Pittsburgh on the GI Bill, and joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He and his wife, Marty, married on June 16, 1949.
In 1950, Weber received his Bachelor of Science degree and began his career at Columbia Gas Systems as a purchaser. In 1954, he joined U.S. Steel, where he worked in field sales and as the regional sales manager for their National Tube Division. He and Marty were transferred often, bringing them to Detroit where two daughters were born; to Tulsa, where their youngest daughter was born and Weber received his MBA from The University of Tulsa; back to Pittsburgh and finally to Dallas. In 1969, facing yet another transfer, they decided to risk it all by moving back to Tulsa with their young girls to start their own business, Southwest Tube Mfg., today known as Webco Industries, headquartered in Sand Springs.
Weber’s legacy as a leader exemplifies the fundamentals of good management, which include an uncompromising focus on stakeholder value, agile response to market needs and opportunities, an embrace of innovative technologies and best practices and strict adherence to high standards of corporate and personal ethics – all of which maintain Webco as “a forever company.” Weber completed a distinguished 42-year tenure as CEO of Webco before handing that role over in 2011 to his daughter Dana Weber (BS ’79, JD ’83), a TU alumna who continues to lead the company with strong adherence to its proven values and business practices.
Weber passed away on September 9, 2018, at the age of 92.